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Tony Hall
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United Kingdom
2018

BBC

Tony
Hall

Director-General

Hall assumed the top job at the world’s most prestigious public broadcaster in 2013, at a time when its credibility lay in tatters because of a sex-abuse scandal surrounding one of its former presenters. And he not only managed to assuage political anger and restore public trust in “the Beeb,” which had been one of Britain’s long beloved institutions, but he scored a major victory in charter negotiations with the government, which secured funding for the BBC for the next decade. The company continues to churn out hits such as “Peaky Blinders” on Amazon and a relaunch of the sci-fi classic “Doctor Who.” In June 2018, Hall was elected president of the European Broadcasting Union, a two-year appointment he is set to take up on Jan.1, 2019.

Career

  • BBC
  • Royal Opera House
  • Royal Television Society

Education

  • Oxford University (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Tony Hall is used to dealing with divas — literally. For a dozen years, he ran the Royal Opera House, a cherished but struggling institution plagued by in-fighting and financial ineptitude. Hall re-established the venue as an ambitious, vital force on London’s cultural scene.The experience proved a valuable rehearsal for the even tougher post he occupies now. As director-general of the British Broadcasting Corp., Hall sits atop a public broadcaster many call the envy of the world, one with global...

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“Keep doing new things, reinvent, and always look outwards.”

What or who inspires you?

“David Attenborough – what he has achieved and continues to achieve in broadcasting is truly remarkable.”

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